Thousands Attend The News Education Expo
THE mega educational event of the provincial metropolis, The News Education Expo 10, was held on Monday and it attracted thousands of visitors particularly prospective students.
Dozens of universities from private and public sector, education consultants, boarding schools and foreign institutes and examination bodies participated in the one-day expo. The event proved a great help to the visitors especially students who explored academic opportunities in the wake of upcoming academic session.
Terming the arrangements excellent and appreciating the Jang Group for organising the education expo over the years, most of the visitors were of the view that such events should continue for at least two days.
Talking to The News, a number of students said the expo was a good initiative and a great help for them for seeking information regarding courses offered by public and private sector universities, fee structure and admission-related matters.
A student, Faisal, said the education expo helped him a lot by giving a comparison of academic courses being offered by different universities as well as the fee structure. “This is a good initiative especially when seen in connection with approaching academic session,” he said.
Sidra, another visitor, said the event housing dozens of universities under one roof facilitated the students a lot as they needed not go to university to university and seek information. “Its true information is also available on websites of the universities,” she said while replying to a question, adding, “However, such an event provides an opportunity to get answers of many unanswered questions.”
The representatives of different participating institutes also lauded the arrangements and expressed satisfaction with the overwhelming response they received. Mustafa Hasnain, Director Creative Village of the University of Lahore, said the event proved a great excitement as visitors showed keen interest in academic programmes offered by the participating universities.
University of Gujrat’s Additional Registrar Sheikh Abdul Rashid said the expo also provided an opportunity to universities to introduce themselves and the innovative programmes they were offering. He said it was a positive initiative and need of the hour.
Minhaj University’s Admission Officer Ahmed Salman Anwar said the response was beyond expectations, adding that every university from private and public sector should participate in such expos to reach out to more and more students. Director Academics and Admissions of the University of South Asia (USA) Nadeem Farooqi said the response was good, adding that it was good to know students’ valid questions regarding recognition of universities.
Abid Ishaq, Edexcel’s Regional Development Manager for Pakistan, said the turnout was great and added that students were well aware of foreign qualifications being offered in Pakistan. He was also of the view that such events should be organised on a regular basis.
Dozens of students were also accompanied by their parents who took keen interest in the event and explored maximum opportunities to choose the institute of their choice.
The University of South Asia, Preston University and National Institute of Health & Social Sciences were the platinum sponsors of The News Education Expo 10 while the University of Management Technology, Superior Group of Colleges, ICMAP, Edexcel, NCUK, KIPS College, Riphah International University, COMSATS and ATS Training Institute were among the gold sponsors.
The other participating institutes included SKANS School of Accountancy, College of Accountancy & Professional Studies, Pak AIMS, UET Lahore’s Institute of Business & Management, Textile Institute of Pakistan, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, The Hub School, FC College University, Institute of Business and Finance, Pakistan Institute of Fashion & Design, CFE Group of Colleges, American Heritage University, Professionals Academy of Commerce, Falcon Education & Consultancy Services (Pvt) Ltd and HR Consultants (Pvt) Ltd